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Tuscany & Umbria, Italy

Per week

from 995.00 to 2575.00 GBP
The Owner / Manager

Paul Heighton

Member since Oct 2009
  • Bookings Accepted:100%
  • Avg. Response Time:47 minutes
  • Availability Updated:9 days 23 hours

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BFB's Overview

Nestled amongst walnut groves, on the outskirts of the famously beautiful hilltop town of Monterchi, Il Mulino is an idyllic, 17th century former mill, which has been lovingly restored by friendly owners Paul and Sofia. The 3-bed villa with private pool sleeps 6-8 plus cots and offers the benefit of being an independent villa but with native-English speaking caretaker owners onsite who are happy to be called on for tips and advice, even babysitting, but are rarely seen unless needed.

Thanks to their experiences with their own two youngsters, the Heightons have carefully equipped the villa with essential baby gear and safety kit making it an idyllic, yet child-friendly retreat. They've sensitively restored the former water mill so it now offers a charming combination of traditional furnishings and modern comforts, all of which combines to make a relaxing holiday with kids in tow almost a foregone conclusion.

The safely fenced pool, numerous private terraces and spacious shared lawns, scattered with tot-friendly play gear, are perfect for long lazy days but with all powerful pull of such beautiful towns as Gubbio, Perugia, Siena, Assisi and Florence, plus the odd tempting designer outlet, all within a an hour or two's drive, usually tempt guests away at least a few times a week. That said, with a fully stocked 'help yourself' vegetable patch (in season) in the grounds, and a great selection of restaurants within a few minutes’ drive, there's really no need to venture far. Most guests tend to relax into a routine of egg collecting before breakfast, perhaps a morning cappuccino and some people watching in Monterchi's pretty town square, followed by an afternoon swim and play in the garden, then maybe take advantage of Paul and Sofia's babysitting skills to enjoy an adults only night out in one of the many good restaurants within a short drive - it's easy to see why Il Mulino's guest book has the same names appearing year after year!



Accommodation Overview:

Set over three floors, Il Mulino's ground floor entrance leads into a cool, shady study with cosy sofa perfect for retreating from midday sun. This leads into a utility area with laundry facilities on one site and the spacious open-plan kitchen-diner to other other end. The kitchen diner itself seats 6-8 plus up to 3 highchairs, although its rarely used since patio doors from the kitchen leads to a lovely shady dining terrace with brick BBQ, that tends to become the focus of meals from April to October. The kitchen is fitted with all mod-cons including dishwasher, microwave, full oven, 5-ring gas hob and full-size fridge freezer plus useful gadgets such as toaster, kettle and French and American-style coffee makers.

Upstairs, there's a large comfortable lounge with a TV, DVD player and Hi-Fi. There's several comfortable sofas and a good selection of books and games, added to those found in the downstairs study. Two bedrooms lead from the lounge; a double and a family room with a single bed and twin bes, which can be made up as a double. Each of the bedrooms has space for a cot. Both have ensuites, one with a bath, the other with a shower. A gated spiral staircase from the first-floor lounge leads up to a third bedroom with a double and single bed. It occupies the entire third floor and has the benefit of an ensuite shower room, as well as plenty of space for a cot, although defending the stairs tot in tow, might not be too easy. In addition, two spare single beds can be provided and placed in the ground-floor study, so it can be used as a fourth bedroom.

Outside, there's a private dining terrace with brick BBQ, a side terrace usually laid with reclining chairs or sun beds, and, up a few steps, the large private pool which has plenty of loungers, umbrellas for shade and a cosy table, ideal for evening drinks by the pool.

Location Information

The medieval hilltop town of Monterchi, said to be amongst Italy's most beautiful towns, is just five minutes drive away. Its main claim to fame is that its home to Piero della Francesco's masterpiece, Madonna del Parto, and throughout summer there are free classical concerts every Wednesday in the grounds of the Madonna museum.


There's good choice of local restaurants, a bank, fruit and vegetable shops, a decent-sized supermarket and an open air market every Sunday. Amongst the restaurants, La Pieve Vecchia, is possibly the most family friendly. This lively pizzeria is located in the new part of the town, and has a useful take-out service, which can be handy after a tiring day's sightseeing.


Florence, Siena,San Gimignano, Cortona, Arezzo, Assisi, Perugia, Gubbio are all within 2 hours drive, as are a long list of incredibly tempting designer shopping outlets including those for Prada and Gucci - Shopaholics, you have be warned!


Both the Mediterranean and Adriatic coasts are no more than 2 hrs easy travel.


Getting There: Car hire is essential. The nearest airports are: Perugia (60min away - see Ryanair), Bologna Forli (90mins away - see Ryanair) and Florence (90mins - see Meridiana). Ancona, Bologna, Pisa, Rimini and Rome are within 2-2.5hrs.

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Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 70 days prior to arrival

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 70 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Nov-Pre-Easter Prices based on 4 guests (including babies). Extra guests charged at £100pp per week. Extra beds for groups of 6+ (excluding costs) charged at £50 per week. Heating is not included and is charged as and when used. There is a €300 breakage deposit payable on arrival.

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Seasonal Discount

Up to 20% discount for holidays taken between 12 Sep 2017 and 21 Dec 2017 minimum of 7 nights

Rates

9 Sep - 22 Sep 2017 : £1339 /week23 Sep - 13 Oct 2017 : £995 /week23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018 : £1225 /week14 Apr - 4 May 2018 : £1225 /week5 May - 25 May 2018 : £1649 /week26 May - 22 Jun 2018 : £1995 /week23 Jun - 24 Aug 2018 : £2575 /week25 Aug - 7 Sep 2018 : £1995 /week8 Sep - 21 Sep 2018 : £1649 /week22 Sep - 12 Oct 2018 : £1225 /week22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019 : £1225 /week9 Sep - 22 Sep 2017 : €1518.158 /week23 Sep - 13 Oct 2017 : €1128.131 /week23 Dec 2017 - 5 Jan 2018 : €1388.905 /week14 Apr - 4 May 2018 : €1388.905 /week5 May - 25 May 2018 : €1869.636 /week26 May - 22 Jun 2018 : €2261.931 /week23 Jun - 24 Aug 2018 : €2919.535 /week25 Aug - 7 Sep 2018 : €2261.931 /week8 Sep - 21 Sep 2018 : €1869.636 /week22 Sep - 12 Oct 2018 : €1388.905 /week22 Dec 2018 - 4 Jan 2019 : €1388.905 /week

Arrivals and Departures

Check-in time: 16:00

Check-out time: 10:00

Payment

Reservation Deposit: 30%

Balance: 70 days prior to arrival

Pricing Notes

Nov-Pre-Easter Prices based on 4 guests (including babies). Extra guests charged at £100pp per week. Extra beds for groups of 6+ (excluding costs) charged at £50 per week. Heating is not included and is charged as and when used. There is a €300 breakage deposit payable on arrival.

Special Offer - Details:

Arrival: , Departure:

Price: GBP

Seasonal Discount

Up to 20% discount for holidays taken between 12 Sep 2017 and 21 Dec 2017 minimum of 7 nights

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Fast Facts

Sleeps 6-8 + 3 cots in 3 x ensuite doubles (2 of which can transformed into twins) plus 2 optional extra child beds (best suited to under 10s)

Any Pool

The large (10m x 5.5m.) private outdoor pool is fenced and gated for safety. The depth is 1.45m throughout in accordance with the law.

Babysitting

Baby-sitting is available on request.

Nursery Gear (additional)

Baby gear provided includes: 2 fixed cots, 1 travel cot), 3x highchairs, 2x stairgates, steriliser, changing mat, 2x bed guards, baby monitor, booster seat, hand blender, mircowave, sippy cups, cupboard locks, socket covers and plastic crockery & cutlery

Indoor Toys / Games Room

A selection of baby/toddler books, bath toys, DVDs, ride-ons and general toys are available

Outdoor Toys

Toddler-Friendly Swings, slides and a playhouse

Friendly Animals

A short walk from the house there are chickens (no cockrels!) and guests are welcome to help themselves to fresh eggs. There are also sheep to befriend.

Reviews

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  • Il Mulino by Monterchi was quite excellent . An ideal baby bolthole. I would fully recommend it.Review dated 29/08/2017

  • Loved loved *loved* this place. Cannot wait to go back.Review dated 08/01/2015

  • We loved staying here but the person who had the most fun was our 2-year old son - the combination of the chickens, the lovely gardens to run around in and the amazing selection of toy cars and diggers made him a very happy little boy!Review dated 30/09/2014

  • Lovely, characterful property in beautiful location, convenient to many of Tuscany's attractions. The mill is very spacious and superbly kitted out for babies and toddlers and has many 'stand out' features like the pristine private pool and the 'pick your own' vegetable patch and chicken coop. Above all Paul and Sofia are extremely friendly and nothing is too much trouble. A fabulous place to stay.Review dated 03/10/2013

  • Fabulous stress free setting with plenty of grounds, chickens and splashing in the pool to keep the toddlers happy! Wonderful!Review dated 12/07/2013

  • I was surprised on arrival to realise our property was literally next door to the owners - there are just a few metres between the two houses. That had not been clear to me on the property description, but although I thought that would be a bit awkward it wasn't a problem at all. Paul and Sofia are extremelly friendly and made us completely at ease. They allowed my son to go on the trampoline even though that was right in front of their home rather than to where we were staying, and they kept completely off sight - even too much! The house is very plesant and the location is perfect for great day trips. Even though we only had one day of enough sunshine to enjoy the weather, the week was still a great success due to the great villages around the villa, which means there's always something to see and do.Review dated 13/05/2013

  • lovely place - very peaceful but still lots to keep the little ones entertained. Paul ,the owner is very friendly and helpful. Can't wait to visit again!Review dated 03/11/2009

  • fabulous holiday - made so much easier by having the essentials for the children there when we arrived! a great location and a wonderful house. we will return.Review dated 03/11/2009

  • We are just back from a wonderful holiday. This is a fab house and location, so relaxing and peaceful and great to have all the baby equipment we needed already there. Paul and Sofia are wonderful hostsReview dated 03/11/2009

Il Mulino by Monterchi was quite excellent . An ideal baby bolthole. I would fully recommend it.

Loved loved *loved* this place. Cannot wait to go back.

We loved staying here but the person who had the most fun was our 2-year old son - the combination of the chickens, the lovely gardens to run around in and the amazing selection of toy cars and diggers made him a very happy little boy!

Lovely, characterful property in beautiful location, convenient to many of Tuscany's attractions. The mill is very spacious and superbly kitted out for babies and toddlers and has many 'stand out' features like the pristine private pool and the 'pick your own' vegetable patch and chicken coop. Above all Paul and Sofia are extremely friendly and nothing is too much trouble. A fabulous place to stay.

Fabulous stress free setting with plenty of grounds, chickens and splashing in the pool to keep the toddlers happy! Wonderful!

I was surprised on arrival to realise our property was literally next door to the owners - there are just a few metres between the two houses. That had not been clear to me on the property description, but although I thought that would be a bit awkward it wasn't a problem at all. Paul and Sofia are extremelly friendly and made us completely at ease. They allowed my son to go on the trampoline even though that was right in front of their home rather than to where we were staying, and they kept completely off sight - even too much! The house is very plesant and the location is perfect for great day trips. Even though we only had one day of enough sunshine to enjoy the weather, the week was still a great success due to the great villages around the villa, which means there's always something to see and do.

lovely place - very peaceful but still lots to keep the little ones entertained. Paul ,the owner is very friendly and helpful. Can't wait to visit again!

fabulous holiday - made so much easier by having the essentials for the children there when we arrived! a great location and a wonderful house. we will return.

We are just back from a wonderful holiday. This is a fab house and location, so relaxing and peaceful and great to have all the baby equipment we needed already there. Paul and Sofia are wonderful hosts

Parent Rated*

5/5
  • Overall Experience
  • Child-Friendliness
  • Location
  • Hospitality / Welcome
  • Interiors

*Ratings by verified BFB guests who stayed here with young children.
Rated by 12 guests.



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